Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Books Lately

Happy September!! Usually it would be the first week of school.... as with everything in 2020. not this time around though! Ah well...

My library card has been overused these past few months. Here are just a few of the books I've been reading this summer

In Five Years: A Novel by [Rebecca Serle]

In Five Years - Rebecca Serle

She is nothing like her lifelong best friend—the wild, whimsical, believes-in-fate Bella. Her meticulous planning seems to have paid off after she nails the most important job interview of her career and accepts her boyfriend’s marriage proposal in one fell swoop, falling asleep completely content.

But when she awakens, she’s suddenly in a different apartment, with a different ring on her finger, and beside a very different man. Dannie spends one hour exactly five years in the future before she wakes again in her own home on the brink of midnight—but it is one hour she cannot shake. In Five Years is an unforgettable love story, but it is not the one you’re expecting.

What would you do if you get a glimpse five years into the future and see a totally different life from the one you have right now. Another masterful read by the very talented Rebecca Serle. I loved this beautifully written, poignant book and devoured it in a couple sittings in less than twenty four hours.

28 Summers by [Elin Hilderbrand]

28 Summers- Elin Hilderbrand

Based on the classic film Same Time Next Year (which Mallory and Jake watch every summer), 28 Summers explores the agony and romance of a one-weekend-per-year affair and the dramatic ways this relationship complicates and enriches their lives, and the lives of the people they love.

I read Elin's books every summer and have bought most of them as I reread them. This was well written and though I had problems with the books premise if it were  to be my life, it was another poignant captivating read. I did find myself thinking that Jake was a bit weak though and wanted as my grandmother would say " to have his cake and eat it too."

The Tattooist of Auschwitz: A Novel by [Heather Morris]

This beautiful, illuminating tale of hope and courage is based on interviews that were conducted with Holocaust survivor and Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov—an unforgettable love story in the midst of atrocity.

This might be my favourite book of the entire year. Lale and Gita's story was so exquisitely written. It was a very hard read for me-- more graphic than what I'd ideally like but the beauty of the human spirit stood out. This book has touched my soul. 

The Trouble with Hating You by [Sajni Patel]

Liya Thakkar is a successful biochemical engineer, takeout enthusiast, and happily single woman. The moment she realizes her parents' latest dinner party is a setup with the man they want her to marry, she's out the back door in a flash. Imagine her surprise when the same guy shows up at her office a week later -- the new lawyer hired to save her struggling company. What's not surprising: he's not too thrilled to see her either after that humiliating fiasco.
Jay Shah looks good on paper...and off. Especially if you like that whole gorgeous, charming lawyer-in-a-good-suit thing. He's also infuriating. As their witty office banter turns into late-night chats, Liya starts to think he might be the one man who truly accepts her. But falling for each other means exposing their painful pasts. Will Liya keep running, or will she finally give love a real chance?

This was the first Indo chick lit that I've read. It was a long read--- sometimes too long and dragged on a bit. It was cute but lacking. I found Liya annoying and antagonistic but I did identify with some of the dynamics within the Indian family and temple settings. There were some good parts for sure, some shocking ones as well and some beautiful little bits. 

My Oxford Year: A Novel

This passed the time just fine. It was a cute fun read that all of a sudden got pretty serious with a life threatening disease for one of the main characters and that's when I got more sucked in. I would have loved this book in my twenties and I could see why it is such a hit. Cute and an engrossing read but with some issues. 

What have you been reading lately?

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  1. I loved In Five Years. Totally agree on Jake in 28 Summers. I liked The Trouble With Hating You a lot too.

  2. I think My Oxford Year is on my Goodreads wish list. I have so many books, it's hard to remember. LOL Glad you enjoyed these!


  3. I've read two of the books here and two are on my TBR list - especially in 5 years which I want to dig into ASAP! xo, Biana BlovedBoston

  4. I definitely wanted to punch Jake many times but, not my life. I loved the book though.

  5. The tatooist was easily one of my faves from last year. I know there were mixed reviews but I absolutely loved it.

  6. Sorry to hear you didn't love The Trouble with Hating You- I hope it doesn't turn you off to other Indo chick lit! Completely agree with you on The Tattooist, but it was so emotional that I've had a hard time picking up its sequel!

  7. I completely felt the same way about Jake! LOL. I did love the book though.

  8. In Five Years was a good one. 28 Summers is on my list to be read.

  9. I really liked In Five Years and The Tattooist. I am currently reading 28 Summers. I just started it, but so far so good!

  10. My library card has been getting a workout too. Thank goodness for libraries! I have heard so much about The Tattooist of Auschwitz, that is one I need to read.

  11. In Five Years & 28 summers were soo good!

  12. I loved 28 Summers! I started the Tattoist but then had to set it aside because I just needed something lighter...need to get back to it.

  13. In Five Years sounds so interesting to me every time I see it mentioned :) I liked The Tattooist, and I've requested Cilka's Journey from the library too, but haven't found time to read it yet. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your month!

  14. I started The Tattooist on audio, but think I need to switch to print. It just wasn't working for me that way.

  15. I have been hearing about In Five Years and am finally adding it to my overdrive wishlist after your review! It reminds me of What Alice Forgot.

    Here are my recent reads, if interested: https://elle-alice.blogspot.com/2020/08/august-book-reviews.html


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